Bill adds road projects eligible for bonding funds
A new, long list of transportation projects could soon be eligible for money through bonding that was authorized last year by the Legislature, but not yet obtained.
HB377, which would allow that, passed unanimously Thursday in the House Transportation Committee, and was sent to the full House.
The bill also would decrease the $1.2 billion level of bonding authorized last year by $55 million.
It also would change the use of some of the transportation money raised through an extra $5 on the vehicle registration fee.
House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden, the bill's sponsor, said that since the state has completed most of the projects originally intended to be funded by that fee, the state would give to Salt Lake County about $3 of every $5 such fees generated by its residents in the future.
Among the new projects the bill would make eligible for money from the bonding are:
• $135 million for any projects prioritized by the Utah Transportation Commission.
• $25 million for the Transportation Infrastructure Loan Fund to make loans available to local governments for projects.
• An extra $5 million to Sandy for improvements on Monroe Street.
• An extra $2.25 million to Herriman for improvements to Salt Lake Community College Road.
• $5 million to Draper for improvements to Suncrest Road.
• $4.5 million to the Governor's Office of Economic Development for "transportation infrastructure acquisitions and improvements that have a significant economic impact within the state."
• $4 million to West Jordan for improvements to 7800 South from 1300 West to SR-111/Bacchus Highway.
• $4 million to West Valley City for improvements to 2400 South from 4800 West to 7200 West.
• $3.5 million to Taylorsville for improvements to 6200 South.
• $3 million to study transportation improvements for the Uinta Basin.
• $3 million to the state Office of Tourism for transportation projects associated with annual tourism events.
• $2.9 million to the Utah Transit Authority for studies including one on mountain transportation.
• $2 million for improvements to Harrison Boulevard in Ogden.
• $2.5 million to Tooele for roads around a branch Utah State University campus.
• $1.8 million to Murray for improvements on 1300 East.
• $1.5 million to Midvale for improvements to 7200 South from I-15 to 1000 West.
• $1 million to Bluffdale for an environmental impact study on Porter Rockwell Boulevard.
• $1 million to South Jordan for improvements to 2700 West.
• An extra $750,000 to Cottonwood Heights for improvements to Union Park Avenue, and $1.3 million for improvements to Bengal Boulevard.